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Friday, April 28, 2017

  • Friday, April 28, 2017 9:42 PM
    I’m always searching for a topic. At a recent lodge-room discussion among several semi-famous writers (aided by the literary powers of Kentucky’s finest jet fuel), we agreed that finding a topic for a story is far more difficult than the mere act of putting words to paper. As I’ve often said, and “the boys” agreed, there is no terror like facing an empty computer screen shortly before a deadline.
    That very problem was facing Your Famous Correspondent only two hours ago but then it started raining.
    However, it wasn’t just rain or even a mere storm. The five minutes of foul weather our neighborhood experienced was the most awe-inspiring of my entire lifetime. In just seconds, visibility was reduced to less than ten yards as rain formed a solid horizontal sheet, the wind tore at everything in its path and hail came down like shovels full of crushed ice. It was truly an epic storm.
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  • Thursday, April 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    For the first time this season, my schedule meshed, and I was able to see the Wabash College Lit-tle Giants baseball team play. I had braved the blustery Saturday morning cold front while cover-ing Southmont’s home game with Danville. I was certain that I couldn’t get any colder sticking around watching Wabash host Berea College.
    Of course, I was wrong.
    The wind was howling. I would have surely believed it was mid-November had it not been for the heavy, sweet bouquet of lilacs penetrating the more expected scent of popcorn popping in the concessions stand.
    Well, at least I think the popcorn smell was coming from there. The wind was so strong it could have easily originated in a three state radius. Actually, the lilac aroma, too, could have come from my Aunt Sharon’s handbag in North Carolina.
    Amid the misery of my 78°F core temperature, I actually saw some really good baseball. The Lit-tle Giants took three games over the weekend from their Central Kentucky guests. I stayed for one of them.
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  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017 11:11 PM
    Lebanon edged Southmont and Western Boone in both legs of a track and field meet Monday evening. The Tigers won the boys’ meet with 66 points to Western Boone’s 61 and Southmont’s 29. Lebanon was first in the girls’ meet with 87 points to 35 from Southmont and 34 from Western Boone. 
    Brooks Long was the lone individual winner for the boys. He was first in the mile and second in the 800. He was also on the first place 4x800 relay team with Noah Clos, Ross Lippencott and Alec Brissey. Conner Stockwell performed well with a second place finish in the discus. Elijah Sparks, Nick McManus and Closs each had third place finishes in the shot put, 3200 and 400, respectively. 
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  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017 11:11 PM
    Crawfordsville’s tennis team traveled to Danville Tuesday for a Sagamore Athletic Conference matchup. The Warriors edged the Athenians in a tight match, 3-2. 
    Crawfordsville got wins at number two and number three singles players Lilly Bushon and Alli Wagner for its points. Emmy Hale and Emily West pushed their match to a third set at number one doubles before falling 6-2. 
    Crawfordsville (2-6, 1-3 SAC) is scheduled to play again at Greencastle tonight.
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  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:35 PM
    Crawfordsville softball played Class 3A No. 2 Lebanon at home Tuesday evening. They kept it close early on, but a rough third inning caused them to lose the game 11-0.
    The Athenians just couldn’t get the bats going in this game. The team didn’t have a single hit, partly because of the strong pitching from Lebanon’s Abigail McPherson. Crawfordsville’s Mia Stadler pitched the last three innings and only allowed one earned run. 
    With this Sagamore Athletic Conference loss, Crawfordsville falls to 3-11 for the season and 0-7 in the conference. 
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  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:35 PM
    DOVER- Southmont’s softball team traveled to Western Boone to take on the Stars in a Sagamore Athletic Conference game yesterday. After a close game all the way through, South ended up falling 6-4.
    This game was back and forth throughout, but Western Boone was able to hit off of Southmont’s ace pitcher Paige Knowling better than most teams have this season. The Mounties didn’t get the necessary hits when they needed to. Their first runs came from a big third inning where they were able to bring three players home. The first was thanks to Avery Hess who would get on base on an error and score Bella McIntyre. An error by the Western Boone catcher gave Ryleigh Cable a chance to make it across home plate and a sacrifice fly from Paige Knowling to score Karsyn Neff gave the Mounties the lead. They would hold onto a 3-2 lead until the fifth inning. A ground ball from Claire Remley in the top of the sixth to score Ryleigh Cable brought the game within one with only one inning remaining, but it wasn’t enough. 
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  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:34 PM
    LINDEN – North Montgomery played host to Frankfort in a Sagamore Athletic Conference baseball game Tuesday evening. The Chargers scored at least one run in every inning to win the game 12-2 in six.
    Caleb Donahue’s solid pitching performance combined with 16 hits by the Chargers were the main causes for this 10-run rule victory. The team quickly went up 5-0 after three innings. Frankfort was finally able to score a run in the fourth, but North responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Justin Clary led the team in batting last night going 3-for-5 with two hits and two RBI’s, one of which was the first run of the game. Caleb Donahue not only pitched well, but was also solid at the plate. He went 2-for-5 on the night with a double. Kade Kobel went 2-for-2 on the night with an RBI and a double in the second inning. Caleb Donahue was the winning pitcher and ended the night with seven strikeouts. 
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  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:34 PM
    DOVER- North Montgomery defeated Western Boone in a Sagamore Athletic Conference tennis meet last night. The team won by a flawless score of 5-0.
    Number one singles Kenzie Neal and number two singles Jennifer Guard helped lead their team to a victory by winning both of their matches in two sets 6-1, 6-2. Megan Merica, number three singles, defeated her opponent 6-2, 6-3. Both doubles teams were able to win as well. Number one doubles team of Scout Groves and Mary Jackman won in two sets 6-1, 6-4 and the number two doubles duo of Lexi Thomas and Sydney Utteback sat the Western Boone team down with a 6-3, 6-1 victory.
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  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:34 PM
    DOVER- Southmont played the first of two SAC baseball games against Western Boone on Tuesday. The Mounties got off to a hot start and held on to the end to win the game 9-6 and pick up their first conference win of the season.
    The MVP of this game was Cole Wemer without a doubt. He pitched the entire game for the Mounties and ended the game with nine strikeouts. Not only did he pitch a solid game, he also went 3-for-5 at the plate with two doubles and a solo homerun in the top of the fourth. Wemer got one of the doubles on his first at bat to put his team in an early scoring position. A hard hit single in the first from Risty Bullerdick was able to bring Wemer in for Southmont’s first of six runs in the opening frame. A few more hits from Cole Roach, Reese Long and Travis Michael combined with some errors by Western Boone gave the Mounties a 6-2 lead after one. The game was very back and forth from here on out, but even more solid batting from South players gave them the three run victory in the end. Seniors Brandon Rogers and Bullerdick along with freshman Reese Long all finished the night at 2-for-3. 
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  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:33 PM
    Hello world!
    Boy, oh boy spring sports are heating up right along with the weather. Baseball is shaping up to be an early two-horse race in the Sagamore, but there’s plenty of hardball to be had. Right now Crawfordsville and Danville sit unbeaten atop the league, but both teams have needed to win some tight ones. That’s what winning a conference title is all about, so there should be no surprise to see teams battling back-and-forth in one or two run games. 
    The clubs are slated to hash it out on Tuesday and Thursday of next week, so we won’t have to wait long to see who takes the early advantage. 
    There was an interesting tidbit in the coaches’ association poll this week for baseball. Crawfordsville retained its spot at No. 2 in Class 3A, but North Montgomery was on the list of teams receiving votes in 3A this week and Southmont made that same list in Class 2A. Sort of strange that coaches around the state are taking notice even though both clubs are hovering around the .500 mark.
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  • Tigers tied up by Johnson’s 15 K’s
    Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:32 PM
    Trent Johnson moved his season record to 5-1 by retiring 15 Lebanon batters via the strikeout, and in doing so fashioned a 2-1 Sagamore Athletic Conference victory that keeps Crawfordsville atop the league standings with a perfect 6-0 mark.
    The powerful right-hander recorded strikeouts in every inning, including the first and the last in which he struck out the side.
    “Whenever we’ve got Trent or Chase [Dowell] on the mound, we anticipate not giving up many runs,” said John Froedge, head coach of the No. 2 ranked 3A Athenians. “They’ve made a whole career of that. Trent was in good form tonight. He didn’t give them much of a sniff [at scoring runs] until the seventh inning, and then he closed it out with a couple of strikeouts.”
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  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    C’ville comes up third
    The Crawfordsville Varsity Boy's Golf Team finished third in a 3-way meet with Harrison and Lebanon Monday. Harrison placed first with a 155, Lebanon placed second with a 175 and Crawfordsville finished with a 189. 
    Harrison 155, Lebanon 175, Crawfordsville 189
    Devin Guard 44, Jack Sommer 48, Matt Mitchell 47, Simon Hacker 50, and Karsten Williamson 54. 
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  • Local athletes hit the track
    Tuesday, April 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    Local athletes got a preview of county action when North Montgomery and Crawfordsville were joined by Fountain Central and Seeger in a Monday track and field meet. North Montgomery won both the girls and boys meets ahead of Crawfordsville. 
    On the boys side, Damon Biddle won the high jump for North Montgomery while fellow Chargers Noah McClerkin and Kade Kobel took wins in the pole vault and long jump, respectively. Crawfordsville Chris Baer was best in the shot put. 
    Kobel also won the 110 and 300 hurdles while Athenian Daulton Bridgewater took the 100 dahs. Corbin Osborn won the 200 and 400 dashes for the Chargers. 
    Local winners on the girls’ side included Kelsey Sabens was tops in the high jump for North Montgomery and Aria Warren won the pole vault for North. Kaitlyn McClerkin and Taylor Jenkins won the long jump and discus, respectively, for North. 
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  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Crawfordsville Lady Athenians plated nine runs in the first and another eight in the fourth as they poured it on Turkey Run Monday evening 24-2 to pick up their third win.
    Every Crawfordsville starter recorded a hit, including six who had a multi-hit game. 
    Cali Saunders led the Athenians with a 4-for-5 night including three runs scored and three RBIs. Mia Stadler, Abby Bannon, and Addie Laskowski each finished with three hits while Lauren Kellerman, Saunders and Mackenzie Lynas each accounted for 3-runs-a-piece.
    Stadler earned the win on the mound striking out seven, while Olivia Barnett pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
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  • Mounties throttle Trojans
    Tuesday, April 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET - The Lady Mounties received contributions from up and down their line up, pounding out 14 hits in A 15-5, five inning win over visiting Covington Monday evening.
    “Obviously, we wanted to get our bats going early, but we were a little slow at first,” said Mountie head coach Jennifer Watson. “However, we came around, and I’m proud of the girls for sticking to it.”
    “This is really the first game that we got offensive production out of all nine positions,” she continued. “So that was definitely good to see, and a big positive headed to Western Boone tomorrow night.”
    The Mounties wasted little time getting on the board. Avery Hess led off with a walk and moved to second on Sydney Casteel’s single to left. Hess scored on Jordan Crist’s double to right and Casteel made it 2-0 on Veda Emerson’s fielder’s choice.
    The Trojans tied it at two in the second before the Mounties scored another run in their half to make it 3-2.
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